X-FAB adds two medium voltage transistors

X-FAB Silicon Foundries has availability of two new medium-voltage transistors – complementing the company’s  180nm BCD-on-SOI technology platform (XT018). The new medium voltage devices cover voltages from 12V to 32V. With that customers now have access to a complete portfolio of different voltage options – covering a 10V to 200V voltage range. These NMOS/PMOS devices ...

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Dialog buys Adesto

Dialog Is to buy  Adesto Technologies in a transaction with an enterprise value of $500 million. Adesto accelerates Dialog’s expansion into the growing IIoT market that enables smart buildings and industrial automation (Industry 4.0). Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, Adesto has approximately 270 employees and an established portfolio of industrial solutions for smart building automation.  “Adesto’s ...

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ST and TSMC to accelerate GaN process technology development

ST and TSMC  are collaborating to accelerate the development of GaN process technology and to bring discrete and integrated GaN devices to market.  ST’s GaN products will be manufactured using TSMC’s GaN process technology. GaN’s benefits include greater energy efficiency at higher power, leading to a substantial reduction in parasitic power losses. GaN technology also ...

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Google to move its UK customer data out of EU protection

Data held by Google on UK citizens is to be moved beyond the control of EU regulators, reports Reuters. The move would put Google’s UK-derived customer data outside the scope of GDPR. At the moment the data is held in Ireland. Because the UK has left  the EU, the data needs to be stored and ...

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Maxim opens Dublin design centre

ŷMaxim has opened a design centre in Dublin. The centre will focus on product development and conducting R&D in the areas of analogue semiconductor design. From left to right: David Dwelley, Chief Technology Officer at Maxim Integrated; Jason Pearce, Executive Director IC Design, and Head of Dublin’s new design center; Tunç Doluca, President and CEO ...

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ISSCC2020: Event-based vision sensor

Prophesee  and Sony have developed a stacked Event-based vision sensor with the industry’s with 4.86μm pixel size and 1 124dB (or more) HDR performance. The device detects changes in the luminance of each pixel asynchronously and outputs data including coordinates and time only for the pixels where a change is detected, thereby enabling high efficiency, high ...

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ISSCC2020: mm-scale wireless transceiver for insertable pills

Imec has developed the first mm-scale wireless transceiver for smart insertable pills. It Is a breakthrough in Imec’s aspiration to realise autonomous ingestible sensors that can measure health parameters such as gut health and transmit in real time the data outside the body.   Digestive processes and gastrointestinal diseases are hard to diagnose. Current procedures ...

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DC/DC buck module has 5mm x 5.5mm footprint

TI has introduced a 36-V, 4-A power module in a QFN package. The TPSM53604 DC/DC buck module has a  5-mm-by-5.5-mm footprint and comes with a single thermal pad to optimise heat transfer. The device can operate in ambient temperatures as high as 105°C to support rugged applications in factory automation and control, grid infrastructure, test and ...

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Silicon Labs wireless SoCs enable Zigbee Green Power IoT devices

Silicon Labs has announced a family of secure, low-power Zigbee SoCs aimed at eco-friendly IoT products deployed in mesh networks. The EFR32MG22 (MG22) family is Silicon Labs’ smallest, lowest power SoC for Zigbee Green Power applications. Based on Silicon Labs’ Wireless Gecko Series 2 platform, the SoCs are suitable for devices powered by coin cell ...

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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon X60 5G modem

Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon X60 5G modem-RF System. The Snapdragon X60 is the company’s first modem built on a 5nm process and supports spectrum aggregation across both mmWave and sub-6 frequencies using frequency division duplex (FDD) and time division duplex (TDD). Its designed to accelerate network transition to 5G standalone mode through support for ...

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